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“Relaxing Getaway” 4 of 5 stars
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Solara Surfside Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8801 Collins Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154   |  
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Michigan
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“Relaxing Getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We spent 4 nights here in late April and it was a wonderful and relaxing time. The unit we stayed in (1 bedroom - #307) was clean and spacious. The only downfall was the lack of view of the ocean. Maybe if you were higher up you would be able to see it.

Being able to get lounge chairs, for free, on the beach was great. We would go down at 10am every morning, getting front row lounge chairs, and sit on the beach until around 1pm. At that time we would go grab some lunch and then head back to the beach, where they would have our seats saved. We would continue to sit there until 6pm when the picked up the chairs.

We used the pool once and it was very warm and relaxing. The hot tub was also at a good temperature but quite small.

The valet guys were great and quick to retrieve your car for you.

The only downfalls were the lack of beach view, hard beds and the sales pressure. As a Bluegreen owner I find it very annoying when the "concierge" wants you to just hear about changes (you know it is going to be a sales pitch) and when you tell them you aren't interested they keep pressuring you.

Bluegreen and their resorts should allow you to tell them in advance of your trip if you are interested in sitting through another "ownership overview" and if you say no they should leave you alone.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher room so you may be able to see the ocean. Also, 2 bedroom units are on the end wit...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Hello simhap,

We are delighted you had a wonderful and relaxing stay at Solara Surfside. We are happy you found our accommodations clean and spacious and that you enjoyed the convenience of complimentary beach chairs. We are glad you enjoyed spending your days on the beach and that our pool area was very warm and relaxing. We appreciate the feedback you have shared regarding our concierge service. Your feedback will help to ensure a pleasant experience for all guests. We hope you will consider another visit soon!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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madison
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

After a very long winter in Wisconsin, it was absolutely wonderful to get to Solara. We had a nice view of the ocean from our balcony and the room was very tidy. The beach is beautiful and the pool area never seem very busy, even during spring break. Thank you to all the staff that went out of there way to make our stay a success. The valet staff (Hillard & Ruben) always had our car ready before we could get down to the lobby. Also thank you Claudia, Carlos, JR and Morris for your thoughtfulness and help during our stay. Miami is great if you can get past all the traffic.

Room Tip: The closer your room is to the street the view of the beach diminishes.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Hello jespie,

We are delighted your stay at Solara Surfside was absolutely wonderful after a long Wisconsin winter. We are happy you enjoyed the view of the ocean and the cleanliness of your room. We greatly appreciate your generous compliments regarding our staff. I will certainly share your comments with the team. We hope you will consider returning soon!
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McBain, Michigan, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights after a week long cruise. It was a $40 cab ride from the Port of Miami. We had a 2 bedroom suite. It was very clean and large! My kids loved the pool area and all of the beach toys and games they had available to use for free. The beach is beautiful and padded lounge chairs for free daily! We made use of the grills at dinner time- an added bonus to this resort. The grocery store is about a 10 minute walk away. The kids got to tie dye tshirts one morning as an added activity. The entire staff is beyond friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Hello Rlb3mom,

Thank you for staying at Solara Surfside and sharing your review. We are happy you found our accommodations spacious and clean. We are glad your children loved the pool area and that you made good use of our on-site grills. We appreciate your generous compliments about our staff and hope you will consider returning soon!
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This place was great from the moment they said go. Room was nice, valet service was great, and staff was from the arrival and through the visit. Great views and beach right in your back yard, full kitchen so you don't have to eat around you can go to the grocery store and cook and be like your still at home.

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Hello Scooter J,

Thank you for sharing this generous review of your stay at Solara Surfside. We love knowing our guests are having great experiences throughout their entire stay. We hope to have you back soon!
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Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

My friend and I stayed here for our birthday celebration. Room was spacious with a kitchen, dining room, living room and oceanside balcony. It is not a posh hotel, and is showing its age a little...but it was relaxing, clean and safe. Amazing service, great hammocks, short walk to grocery store & several kosher restaurants....also no bugs of any kind! Great for families or groups of friends looking for a clean, simple, safe place to stay directly on a small beach.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hello cnft,

Thank you for reviewing your stay at Solara Surfside Resort. We are happy you found our accommodations spacious and well-equipped. We are glad you received amazing service. We appreciate your feedback and hope to have you back soon!
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Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Our 4th time at Solara, in a 2 bedroom ocean front unit. You can find us on our balcony in the early morning waiting for the sun to rise, at breakfast lunch and dinner (if we eat in) or later in the day to enjoy gazing at the ocean. We simply cannot get enough of this place. The property is small compared to most Bluegreen resorts. We like small and cozy! The staff is friendly and helpful, it is nice to see them year after year. We walk everywhere, lots of restaurants in area. Beautiful walking trails between the resort and the ocean connecting to Bal Harbor. South beach a bus ride away. The ocean is warm in April and the breeze is constant. The pool is heated!

Room Tip: The 2 bedroom ocean front are the best
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hello BubblesLaRu,

Thank you for returning to Solara Surfside and sharing another review. We are thrilled you cannot get enough of the resort. We appreciate your compliments regarding the staff, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I would label this as an above average resort. The room is not the nicest I've ever stayed in but better than most. The staff are all friendly and helpful, especially Sergio, Carlos, and Kramer. They offer a free 5 x 7 photo of your family anywhere on the premises which we took advantage of. We missed the fruit smoothies and ice cream sundaes while we were on the beach but did partake in the cookie frenzy on Wednesday of our visit. You can get up to four complimentary beach chairs so no need to lug your own. However, don't look for a chair on a cloudy day because you'll be disappointed.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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BluegreenCares, Manager at Solara Surfside Resort, responded to this review, April 4, 2014
Hello sevensluky,

Thank you for reviewing your stay at Solara Surfside. We are delighted you had a great beach trip. We appreciate your compliments regarding our staff as our goal is to share happiness with all of our guests. We hope to see you again soon!
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Address: 8801 Collins Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154
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Location: United States > Florida > Surfside
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Surfside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Solara Surfside Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 59
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